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From: William Scarbrough
Received: Aug. 20
Reading Harry McCawley’s article headlined, “Some dreams take time,” I wasn’t sure if the context was meant to be a local or national lack of reporting of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech delivered on Aug. 28, 1963. Or both.
I enjoyed reading about Patricia Kyle’s participation in the Washington march but became suspicious about the implication that not reporting the speech was a national issue.
I didn’t live in Columbus at that time, but I vividly recall reading about King’s speech the following day.
Not trusting my memory from 50 years ago I did some quick research and immediately found an article in the New York Times dated Aug. 29, 1963, headlined, “I Have a Dream ...” Peroration by Dr. King Sums Up A Day the Capital Will Remember.” The article was written by James Reston.
McCawley suggests that since the UPI stories in The Evening Republican contained no reference to the speech, other national media missed the importance of what King said.
I don’t know, but I suspect there might have been other wire service articles The Evening Republican had decided not to publish.
The Republic is a good local paper but not an authority on what is or isn’t national or international news.
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